New technologies present both challenges and opportunities for keeping oil and gas workers safe. In two panel discussions at the latest Offshore Technology Conference, safety experts throughout the industry debated how to move forward. Vehicle crash data reported throughout the industry from state and federal agencies as well as independent sources show that speed and seatbelt use are the two biggest contributing factors that lead to oilfield-related fatalities. Drones have entered the oil and gas domain as a more comprehensive method of inspection—providing not only a flexible and cost-effective way to conduct inspections but also a data-intensive structure for inspecting assets in a nondestructive manner. The Health and Safety Executive, a UK safety authority, has served BP with an improvement notice regarding its training for lifeboat evacuation on the Glen Lyon floating production vessel, west of Shetland. The value of hidden-danger data stored in text can be revealed through an approach that can help sort and interpret information in an ordered way not used previously in safety management. This paper discusses ExxonMobil’s focus on the next phase of its safety journey through advancement of individual awareness and decision making to help drive breakthroughs in the operator’s vision of safety. Concern has been growing in the oil and gas industry about the high frequency of mooring line failures.

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